Mar 12, 2014 - 09:39 am

Yoshikazu Tanaka, Ki-Sang Lee.

Yoshikazu-Tanaka“In order to give (…) customers what they want within an appropriate timescale, we are committed to developing a broad range of technologies—including plug-in hybrid, electric vehicle and FCV, corresponding to the simultaneous diversification of energy sources.”

Yoshikazu Tanaka, Toyota head of fuel cell development, says that none of the alternative drives available to date are flawless. But in order to make them attractive to customers, different kinds of technologies fit for different situations are made available.

Ki-Sang-Lee“There is no clear direction about which eco-friendly cars will win. We are dividing the roles of Hyundai and Kia, with Hyundai launching fuel cell cars and Kia focusing on electric cars. But the time will come when Kia will introduce a fuel-cell car. Hyundai is also preparing to launch a (battery-powered) electric car in 2016.”

Ki-Sang Lee, senior vice-president of Hyundai Motors confirms that the South Korean carmaker plans on developing a fully-electric vehicle by 2016, while it had focused on FCVs until this point.

Mar 12, 2014 - 09:36 am

Energy savings of PHEVs.

Study tip: U.S. researchers compared the cost of energy for combustion engines, hybrids, and plug-in hybrids. They found that plug-ins are clearly cheaper to charge in areas with a well-developed charging network, than in ‘charging-scarce’ areas. via

Mar 11, 2014 - 09:47 am

BMW, VW, Honda, Smart, Fiat, Nissan, Honda, Ford, Chevrolet, Tesla.

Even more efficient than planned: The new BMW i8 has received its official figures for efficiency in accordance to the New European Driving Cycle (NEDC). The plug-in hybrid will only use up 2.1 litres of fuel and 11.9 kWh per 100 kilometres with an all-electric range of 37 kilometres. Deliveries of the i8 in Europe will commence in June. (in German), (in German)

New battery from VW? Heinz-Jakob Neußer, head of Volkswagen’s powertrain development, said in Geneva that the carmaker is developing a new battery that would have 80 kWh but still be about the same size as given battery packs. However, he would not confirm (nor deny) assumptions that the research concerns a lithium-air battery.

Will Honda’s Vezel be called HR-V in the U.S.? The Japanese carmaker filed a trademark application for the name in the United States. In Japan, a version of the Urban SUV concept is already being sold as ‘Vezel.’ Even if the name for the American version has yet to be confirmed, Honda did say that it will be powered by a VTEC turbo engine. If the hybrid versions offered in Japan will be available in the HR-V is unknown.,

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EV-test leaves “Car and Driver” unimpressed: The editors of the website tested six electric cars – the Smart ED, the Fiat 500E, the Nissan Leaf, the Honda Fit EV, the Ford electric and Chevy Spark – and found them too expensive and not very practical. Even the winner, the Chevy Spark, could not escape critique – 12 hours is simply too long for a full charge.

Looking back on his year with Tesla: After driving over 15,000 miles (or more than 24,000 km), this Model S driver still loves his car. What he does not love is that it sucks up energy even when parked, making it not as efficient as on paper. A basic flaw, he says, a luxury car like a Tesla should not have.


Mar 11, 2014 - 09:45 am

February 2014 EV sales in Norway.

With 484 units sold in Norway in February, the Nissan Leaf is closing in on the number one conventional car, the VW Golf, which was sold only four times more than the EV. Tesla’s Model S takes second place in the EV ranking, with 431 new units on the road and the BMW i3 overtakes the VW E-up, pushing forward into third place.

Mar 11, 2014 - 09:44 am

Audi, Solvay, Toshiba, Turkey.

Audi hopes to win the race with an electrified quattro four-wheel drive, which will be featured in the 2014 R18 e-tron racecar. The power distribution to the wheels of Audi’s diesel-hybrid is controlled purely electronically, with the front-wheel drive components integrated in the vehicles monocoque. Recuperated energy is stored in the new flywheel energy storage system. Audi will compete in the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) with two R18.,

Greener energy storage: Chemical firm Solvay wants to replace organic solvents with water during the production of cathodes for lithium-ion batteries. A pilot production facility is set to open its doors next year. The research is part of LIFE+GLEE project and in part funded by the EU. (project website)

Vroom goes the EV: Toshiba’s TB2909FNG chip imitates the sounds of a conventional combustion engine to make quiet electric cars louder. The company refers to a 2011 EU resolution amendment that would require EVs to be equipped with ‘acoustic vehicle alerting systems’ (AVAS).

Turkey wants to build own EVs: According to the national newspaper ‘Sabah,’ plans to form a brand that specialises in electric mobility are becoming more concrete. Ten technological concepts for the first Turkish-produced electric vehicles are being considered, but only one will be able to receive the 33 million euros (45.8 million dollars) in government funding. (in German), (in Turkish)

Mar 11, 2014 - 09:43 am

Torsten Müller-Otvos, Wolfgang Epple, Adam Jonas.

Torsten-Mueller-Oetvoes“A Rolls-Royce cannot come with any kind of compromise, and both the recharging times and the range were not acceptable for our buyers – but with hybrid technology that is no longer a problem.”

Rolls-Royce CEO Torsten Müller-Otvos explains why the electric 100EX Phantom never got made, saying that reviews from potential customers worldwide were too ambivalent.

Wolfgang-Epple“We will have to have a zero-emission car in the range in order to meet regulations. We need this by 2025, possibly even sooner for certain markets.”

Dr. Wolfgang Epple, Director of Research and Technology for Jaguar Landrover, said at the Geneva Auto Salon that the carmaker plans on developing and producing a pure electric vehicle in the near future. Still, he believes that the hybrid drive will be dominant among upper vehicle classes.

Adam-Jonas“The scale of Tesla’s battery production, even for its own use as an auto manufacturer, thrusts the company into ‘key player’ status for grid storage.”

Morgan Stanley Analyst Adam Jonas believes that Tesla’s lithium-ion batteries can revolutionise the energy and EV market, if they can be sold at a price customers can afford. Something that could in fact become a reality once the carmaker’s planned ‘gigafactory’ opens its doors.


Mar 11, 2014 - 09:41 am

China EV market, Tesla Model E rendering.

Reading tip: This article provides background information and anlysis about the development of the electric car market in China, rounded up with charts about subsidy policies in the country.

Click tip: Elon Musk already revealed that the Model E will be about 20% smaller than the Model S. For those who need a bit more to spark their imagination, Photoshop artist Remco Meulendijk put its ‘picture in mind’ on paper.

Mar 10, 2014 - 09:45 am

The New Fisker, Chevrolet, Saleen, A2B, Cadillac.

The New Fisker: This is the name under which Wanxiang will start selling the plug-in hybrid “as soon as possible.” Production of the Karma is to be restarted in Finland while all planned Fisker models like the Atlantic, Surf Shooting Brake and the Sunset convertible are said to be launched eventually.,, (new website)

Chevy Volt redesign: Industry insiders believe GM to launch an update of its Volt in the U.S. by 2015. It will possibly feature a new front-wheel drive platform while the body style is not expected to change too much. via

Saleen to enter China: The automotive manufacturer has chosen GreenTech Automotive (GTA) as its distributor in China. The US-based GTA will start selling in spring and offer the full Saleen range in China. Saleen has recently made the news when it teamed up with AC Propulsion to work on a new electric sports car (we reported).

Review Alva+ e-bike: This model of the A2B company is a hybrid between e-bike and pedelec, combining pedal-assist and throttle operation. While Jason Fogelson concludes that the Alva+ is “a very attractive form of alternative green transportation” he cannot see it outperform a scooter or motorcycle yet.

The Caddy ELR is more than just a luxury version of the Volt: John Voelcker joins the club of reviewers who admit that GM has launched a “very stylish coupe with a luxurious interior” but still thinks it overpriced by as much as 30,000 dollars, esp. as its electric drive is “just not there” in freezing temperatures.

Mar 10, 2014 - 09:44 am

Shanghai charging spots.

The City of Shanghai wants to install 6,000 charging stations by 2015 as it expects 10,000 EVs to roam its streets by then. Furthermore, the Shanghai government aims at having one charge spot every ten square metres by 2020.


Mar 10, 2014 - 09:42 am

Lit Motors, Honda, Echo Automotive.

Lit-Motors-C1Lit Motors receives new funding: Thanks to a successful funding round collecting 1 million dollars, the startup from San Francisco is now able to hire a full engineering team and build a new driving prototype of its C-1 self-balancing motorcycle. The new prototype is said to go 100 mph and will be able to do 45-degree banked turns.

NSX drivetrain details: In Geneva, Honda is showing the powertrain layout for its latest hybrid sportscar expected in 2015. The NSX will be powered by what the Japanese carmaker calls the Sport Hybrid SH-AWD (Super Handling All-Wheel Drive). Two electric motors drive the front wheels and are joined by a V6 engine coupled with another electric motor and dual-clutch gearbox.

New EchoDrive: Echo Automotive is now taking orders for its new ’Echo Induction Machine’ through EchoSolutions. The new motor is scheduled for deliveries later this year. Furthermore, to secure supply of critical components for its aftermarket plug-in hybrid systems, Echo signed a supply agreement with its main supplier Remy International.

Mar 10, 2014 - 09:41 am

Allan Rushforth, Jérôme Stoll.

Allan-Rushforth“Efficient combustion engines for the present, hybrids and fuel cell in about ten years time.”

Allan Rushforth is the head of Hyundai Europe and summarises the company’s drivetrain strategy. While Hyundai is not taking the lead for “alternative technologies” on the continent just yet it is preparing for the future. (in German)

Jerome-Stoll“The speed of the development of the market is not at the level we were expecting.”

Jérôme Stoll, head of sales for Renault, on the demand for electric cars. To increase sales, Stoll believes carmakers as well buyers will have to adapt their habits to a new mobility first.

Mar 10, 2014 - 09:39 am

Iceland Challenge, Tesla Model S Ice Drive.

Video tip 1: The team from Pedelec Adventures took four speed pedelecs on a 4,000-kilometre trip around Iceland and literally rode through ice and fire. The video of their trip has just premiered at the Taipei Cycle Show and can now be seen online. (video), (blog)

Video tip 2: Tesla took selected journalists on a trip to Sweden where they could try the Model S in wintry conditions. Drift along! (video)

Mar 7, 2014 - 10:11 am

Renault, Volkswagen, Tesla, Toyota, Zap.

No electric Twingo? In Geneva, a Renault represensatitive crushed hopes for an electric version of the small car, saying that no Twingo Z.E. is planned so far, even though the Twingo shares its platform with the next-gen Smart.

VW drivetrains from China: German magazine ‘auto motor und sport’ reports that Volkswagen engineers in Foshan are working on electric motors for the Delta brand. The motors could also be used in plug-in Volkswagens built in the Chinese facility. A decision will be made in April. (in German)

Tesla cheaper in Europe: At launch, the starting price for the Model S in Germany was at 72,000 euros (99,800 dollars) but has just been lowered to 65,000 euros (90,100 dollars) without any notice. The same accounts for other countries. Tesla never officially lowered the price, nor commented it. via (in German)


Toyota dominates hybrid: Sales of hybrid models from Toyota and Lexus in Europe amounted to 156,863 units in 2013, up 43% compared to 2012. On the continent, almost every third model of the Japanese carmaker is a hybrid (28%).,

Zap for China: The Californian Zap hast just announced that it will launch the Sparkee on the Chinese market. The small commuter EV will be sold by Jonway Auto, Zap’s subsidiary in Zhejiang. The Sparkee is available with two battery options – lead acid or lithium and priced between 7,000 and 12,000 dollars.,

Mar 7, 2014 - 10:10 am

EV sales in France and the UK.

EV sales in February were low again when in France 625 electric cars were sold, mostly Renault Zoes (205). In the UK, just 81 newly bought cars were electric but this is still 200% more than in the same month one year ago. (France), (UK)

Mar 7, 2014 - 10:09 am

Jive, New York, Tesla Gigafactory.

Electric folder: The new concept e-bike called Jive from London can be controlled wirelessly through a smartphone. The motor in the frontwheel is powered by a battery and chain which are both integrated in the frame. The crowdfunding campaign looking for 100 Londoners to get the Jive exclusively has found 83 backers so far.,

New York State will spend 1.4 million dollars on research and development of energy storages. 622,000 dollars are reserved for projects for batteries used in transport. Here, Cornell and Columbia Uni and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute are beneficiaries.

Lithium demand of Gigafactory: Tesla’s latest project is already keeping analysts busy. The Bank of America predicts that the Gigafactory will use 9,000 tons lithium carbonate a year as soon as it is running with full capacity. Goldman Sachs believes Tesla will use 15,000 to 25,000 tons a year.


Mar 7, 2014 - 10:08 am

Wolfgang Ziebart, Beatrice Foucher, Norbert Reithofer.

Wolfgang-Ziebart“I personally think that the hybrid drive will become the dominant drive train in the upper vehicle classes.”

Speaking at the Geneva Motor Show engineering director at Jaguar Land Rover, Dr Wolfgang Ziebart, said that alternatively powered cars would be an important factor for carmakers of premium cars in the future.

Beatrice-Foucher“We see what BMW is doing and it’s interesting, but I don’t think we will do it. Perhaps it makes it easier for people to switch to EVs for a short while, but this situation will pass quite quickly; the answer is greater range on the car and also a better infrastructure for charging, and these things are coming fast.”

Beatrice Foucher heads Renault’s EV section and made sure that customers will be able to get battery upgrades in the future but does not believe a range extender is the cure for range anxiety.

Norbert-Reithofer“I take Tesla seriously. From my perspective, it is positive if a manufacturer drives electric mobility further. We will benefit from it with our electric vehicles BMW i3 and i8 too. By the way, this is also applicable vice versa.”

BMW-CEO Norbert Reithofer on the Californian carmaker whose contribution he respects but not envies or sees as a threat to his own electric endeavours in the i-series. (in German)

Mar 7, 2014 - 10:06 am

Ford Focus Electric, Cadillac ELR.

Video tip 1: Robert Llewellyn from Fully Charged tested the Ford Focus Electric in Germany. While he thinks the car is “great,” its price is “interesting” and in his opinion cannot be fully explained be higher battery cost alone. (video)

Video tip 2: Cadillac’s recent spot for the ELR called Poolside, advertised the electric car as for the few – or at least that is how it was perceived. It has now sparked discussions all over the web.

Mar 6, 2014 - 10:26 am

Hyundai, Tesla, BMW, Honda, Mitsubishi.

A range of 600 kilometres is what Hyundai promises with its Intrado. The concept crossover is powered by a fuel cell and a buffer battery pack with a power output of 36 kW. Unfortunately, details about the performance of the electric motor have not been released yet. Like with BMW’s i3 and i8, Hyundai chose carbon fibre reinforced plastic (CFRP), cutting the cars weight and enhancing range.

Details about Tesla Model E: Elon Musk gave new details about Tesla’s 35,000 dollars model – which will probably be called Model E. According to Musk the car will be 20% smaller than the Model S. Moreover, he said that the battery will have a capacity good for about 200 miles of range.

i3 buyers need to be patient: BMW CEO Norbert Reithofer said in Geneva that potential drivers will have to wait as long as 6 months to get their cars. Some 11,000 orders have already been placed and the production facility in Leipzig currently completes 70 units per day. (in German)

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European premiere for H2 Honda: Following the world premiere in the USA, Honda is presenting its latest fuel cell concept in Geneva. The fuel cell of the futuristic FCEV has a power density of 3 kWh per litre and is capable of 100 kW. The concept shows what we might expect from Honda’s new production fuel cell vehicle, which will be available in Japan and the U.S. next year.

Mitsubishi concepts: Three of Mitsubishi‘s studies are also celebrating their European debut- the Concept AR, the GC-PHEV SUV and the XR-PHEV. The latter is equipped with rooftop solar panels and has a range of 85 kilometres in electric mode. The Concept AR is a SUV/MPV model featuring a 48-V mild hybrid system with li-ion battery.,

Hyundai names its price: The 2014 Sonata Hybrid will start at 26,000 dollars in the USA, the Sonata Hybrid Limited at 30,750 dollars. The vehicle features a 35 kW electric motor powered by a 47 kW lithium-polymer battery pack.,

Mar 6, 2014 - 10:25 am

February 2014 EV sales in the U.S.

A total of 3,324 electric passenger vehicles were sold in the U.S. this past month. Tesla made it to second place, just slightly behind the Nissan Leaf. Moreover, 3,721 plug-in hybrids and 30,651 hybrids were sold there in February.

Mar 6, 2014 - 10:23 am

IEEM, Green Automotive, XL Hybrids, Dukosi, BYD.

Range optimisation: The Institute for Energy Efficient Mobility (IEEM) and the University of Applied Sciences in Karlsruhe, Germany, is researching to find an ideal connection between energy management and route navigation in electric vehicles. For that, they employ a series of new algorithms. (in German)

GAC expands: The U.S. company Green Automotive Co. announced that it entered into a purchase agreement with UK remanufacturing business Transhock and that it will venture into the remanufacturing business of batteries and EV parts.

New commercial hybrid presented: XL Hybrids debuts its new electric powertrain technology XL3 for commercial vehicles. The company claims that the new system can save up to 25 percent of fuel, compared to its predecessor. The technology will be integrated into FedEx and Coca-Cola delivery trucks.,

Dukosi wants to go the distance: The Edinburgh-based company is allotted 320,000 pounds (535,000 dollars) from Par Equity and the Scottish Investment Bank to further develop its “Electric Vehicle Optimisation Integrated Circuit (EVoIC)” system, which can supposedly increase the range of EVs by up to 15%. The company wants to achieve this by monitoring every battery cell individually to “squeeze the maximum energy from the batteries.”

BYD full of ideas: The Chinese carmaker registered some 2,099 patents in China 2013. To date, BYD has registered a total of 8,000 international and 12,000 domestic patents, including various for electric drivetrains, recuperation systems and fire-safe iron-phosphate chemistries.

Mar 6, 2014 - 10:21 am

Carlos Tavares, Yoshikazu Tanaka, Jochen Goller.

Carlos-Tavares“Electric mobility is not a priority.”

Peugeot’s new CEO Carlos Tavares wants to first help the carmaker out of the red. He says that EU emission goals could also be reached without developing new EVs. (in German)

Yoshikazu-Tanaka“So, we can state that, in Europe today, only 77 stations and over 100 next year will allow a large European territory coverage, connecting for instance Norway to Switzerland via Sweden, Denmark and Germany. Even if it is not as convenient as today’s petrol station, some 200-300km between each station is a reasonable starting point.”

This is just one of the interesting answers from Yoshikazu Tanaka, head of the fuel cell vehicle development at Toyota, given to the many questions he had been asked around the automaker’s European debut of its FCV concept car at the Geneva Show.

Jochen-Goller“Once we see that an electric vehicle is profitable, we will already have access to that technology.”

VP of Sales Jochen Goller could not say exactly when an electric Mini will hit the roads. But he sees the potential, since the BWM Group already earned the necessary know-how with the i3. (in German)

Mar 6, 2014 - 10:19 am

VW Golf PHEV released, Kia Soul EV Ad.

Pictures and video of Golf GTE released: The plug in hybrid’s engine – including the 75 kW electric motor – has a combined power output of 150 kW, allowing it to reach a top speed of 217 kph (135 mph). The 8.8 kWh battery adds a 120 kilogram of weight, accounting for around 8% of the total car weight of 1,524 kg., (video)

Video tip: Kia kicks off the marketing campaign for its first EV under the motto “Recharge your Soul.” And the advertising spot is just as much of an eye-catcher, as the vehicle itself.

Mar 5, 2014 - 10:14 am

Kia, Porsche, SsangYong, Italdesign Giugiaro, Tier 3, QuaZZar.

European Kia Soul EV debut: Having its market launch in autumn this year, Kia has revealed the production version of its first EV in Geneva yesterday. With 200 kilometres of range, CHAdeMO fast-charging capabilities (80% in 20 minutes) and a new individual ventilation system, the electric Soul has the potential to become the next successful EV.

Ready to hit the track: Porsche unveiled its 500 hp 919 hybrid race car the 2014 Geneva Motor Show (we reported). It features a 2.0-litre V4 engine and two energy recovery systems. The first collects heat energy from exhaust gases, the other kinetic energy from braking. The energy can either be stored in the battery or send to the front wheels.,

SsangYong presents hybrid SUV: The Korean carmaker’s XLV concept seats seven and is powered by a 48 V hybrid system that combines a 1.6-litre diesel engine with a 10 kW electric motor. The energy is provided by a 500 Wh li-ion battery.

The Clipper comes: Italdesign Giugiaro, the VW Group design house, unveiled its MPV concept in Geneva. It seats six and features two 110 kW electric motors – one in the front, one in the back of the car. Giugiaro claims the Clipper MPV can travel up to 540 kilometres (336 miles) on a single charge.,


U.S. tightens emission standards: As of 2017, stricter vehicle emission standards known as Tier 3 will be put in place and apply to all light-duty as well as some heavy-duty vehicles. In line with the new rules, volatile organic compounds and nitrogen oxides will have to be cut by 80 percent.,

Electric scooter by Vespa: The QuaZZar looks retro on the outside, but features a 3 kW electric motor on the inside and can reach up to 65 kph (40 mph). It is said to have a maximum range of 80 kilometres (50 miles).;

More carmakers join e-bike trend: Kia shows the prototype in Geneva of what will be available as an electric mountain as well as an electric city bicycle. Qooros, on the other hand, shows an electric hybrid bike which is based on the GreyP G-12 developed by Rimac. (Kia; in German), (Qooros)

Mar 5, 2014 - 10:12 am

EV registrations in Germany and Sweden.

A mere 481 electric ars were newly registered in Germany in February – that’s 60 vehicles less than in January and a measly 0.4 percent more than in February of last year. The numbers in Sweden are not much better: Only 32 Nissan Leafs were newly registered there, compared to 69 Outlander PHEVs. (Germany), (Sweden)

Mar 5, 2014 - 10:10 am

QUANT e, Subaru, Kia, Formula E.

QUANT-eQUANT e unveiled: The long awaited electric sport limousine features four motors (one per wheel) with a total power output of 644 kW enabling a top speed of over 380 kph (236 mph). The nanoFLOWCELL technology gives the vehicle a range of 600 kilometres (373 miles). A manufacturing prototype should be ready by the end of the year and commercialisation is planned for 2015., (with promotional video)

Subaru torque vectoring: The new version of the Subaru Viziv concept is equipped with an all-wheel-drive and three electric motors. One works in combination with the 1.6-litre diesel engine to power the front wheels, while the other two drive the rear of the plug-in hybrid, allowing for different levels of torque to be applied to each back wheel.

Kia shows 48 V hybrid: The Korean carmaker unveiled it all-new mild hybrid system with a 48 volt lead-carbon battery at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show. Other than li-ion batteries, this technology requires no active cooling and is more easily recyclable, Kia developers say.,

Formula E car gets ready: The fully electric Spark-Renault SRT_01E race car completed its 1,000th test-kilometre without any problem. The 200 kW battery also passed the trial. Further tests will take a closer look at the Michelin tires used, before the racer is ready for its first official competition in Beijing in September. (description of tests; in German),

Mar 5, 2014 - 10:09 am

Dieter Zetsche, Ferdinand Piëch, Martin Winterkorn.

Dieter-Zetsche“With Tesla, we are already implementing strategies and will continue to do so in the future. Investing in Tesla was one of the best things we ever did.”

At the opening of the 2014 Geneva Motor Show, Dieter Zetsche, CEO of Daimler AG, praised the California-based carmaker and its plans. Could this mean that Daimler will take part in Tesla’s Gigafactory? (in German)

Ferdinand-Piech“In my garage is no space for this.”

Speaking at the opening of the Geneva Motor Show, Volkswagen patriarch Ferdinand Piëch has once again come out as the dinosaur of the German automotive industry. When asked about Tesla he stated: “We don’t need burning cars.”
German newspaper ‘Handelsblatt’, 05.03.2014, p. 47

martin-winterkorn“Further high-efficiency models such as the Audi A8, A6 and Q7 or the plug-in hybrid version of the Volkswagen Passat are to follow soon. Because this technology has a future.”

Volkswagen-CEO Martin Winterkorn said in his remarks prior to the opening of the 2014 Geneva Motor Show that the Group’s assembly kits (such as the MQB platform) could easily allow for the electrification of more than 40 models in the coming years.

Mar 5, 2014 - 10:06 am

What is Tesla testing?

Click tip: A Tesla driving on the California freeway that is fitted with this much test equipment lets even the carmaker’s biggest fans wonder – what technology will be next? Could it be the all-wheel-drive or even autonomous driving? Even after watching the video, the guessing continues. (video)

Mar 4, 2014 - 10:07 am

Renault, Nissan, Porsche, Renault, Yo-Mobil.

Renault’s plug-in plans become more concrete: A final decision about production has yet to be made, but it is becoming clear what form the PHEV will take. The model for the C-segment will have a range of 30 to 40 kilometres and rumour has it, one can already take a peek at a first version in Geneva.

Nissan e-NV200 starts in July: Nissan’s new van is powered by a Leaf drivetrain and said to have a range of 170 kilometres. It also features a new breaking system with increased regenerative capability, while the battery has been installed underneath the cargo hold. The electric version of the NV200 will be available starting in July.

World premier for Porsche hybrid race car: The luxury carmaker presents its Porsche 919 Hybrid race car in Geneva today. The vehicle was made to compete in the Le Mans Prototype 1 (LMP1) category of the FIA World Endurance Championship this year.; (presentation)

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New Zoe offerings: As of today, Renault’s EV is available in France for long-term hire starting at 169 euros (232 dollars) per month – that is after a 6,300-euro governmental rebate and about 3,000-euro down payment. Also new is the optional 7 kW EVSE, with which customers can ‘fill-up‘ in just about 4 hours.

Russia’s hybrid dream comes to an end: The Yo-Mobil was to cost only 10,000 euros (13,700 dollars) and back in 2010, its production was announced with much ado…about nothing. The only big news since then – the production start has now been pushed back indefinitely. (In German)

Mar 4, 2014 - 10:06 am

February 2014 Sales in the U.S.

A total of 1,425 Nissan Leaf were sold in the U.S. in February, 173 more than in January and twice as many as in February of last year. The Chevy Volt was sold 1,210 times – a drop of 25.6 percent compared to the same time period in 2013.

Mar 4, 2014 - 10:03 am

Honda, Suntour, Shareroller.

Filling up more quickly: Honda opens an innovative H2-fueling station in California, equipped with the so-called MC Fill fueling process. The technology absorbs heat generated during refuelling, meaning a vehicle can be filled up in half the time compared to how long it takes at other H2-stations. The Japanese carmaker hopes to make MC Fill an industry standard.

Suntour develops new motor for e-bikes: The prototype can reach up to 400 watts at 36 V. It also features a new sensor technology that can measure torque, speed and rotation more accurately.

Electrify my bicycle: Shareroller offers an ‘electrification kit‘ that fits to bikes from any bikesharing service in the U.S., Canada, or London and would turn it into an e-bike. A retractable wheel is positioned on the front wheel, producing power and allowing for speeds up to 29 kph (18 mph). The kit will cost between 1,350 and 1,650 dollars and will be available as of August.

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